WTF WEDNESDAY (the vicious healthy cycle)

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It would appear that as of lately the “trend” if it can be called that is eating healthy.  But what is “healthy” anymore? Does it even still have a meaning?

In all honesty I’m fairly new to the health and wellness industry, however now that I’m seeing it from the perspective of a professional in the field… it’s a whole different ball game.  Everyone and their dog and sister and mom and brother’s uncle have an opinion… about EVERYTHING. There’s so many different diets and fads and ways of eating out there now it’ll make your head spin off it’s axel, but the fundamental issue that I see personally is that everyone’s just doing what someone else is doing and aren’t considering what is best for them personally! One person believes that the best way to eat is gluten free, while another strongly believes everyone should be vegan and then there’s another who think that the only possible way to be healthy is to eat paleo like our ancestors did.  Are any of these perspectives 100% right? Probably not.

I went gluten free after I researched the symptoms of gluten sensitivity and came to the conclusion that  it would better MY PERSONAL health to remove it from my diet, and it worked, so yes removing wheat products from my diet was a “healthy” decision for me personally.  Is it for everyone? Maybe not.

As a holistic nutritionist, my perspective comes from a place of balance. Yes I believe eating quality, wholesome, natural and nourishing food is massively beneficial to everyone (duh), however I am also under the impression that with that comes flexibility and balance.  I’m a firm believer in the 80/20 rule.  I believe that as long as we’re eating well 80 percent of the time, then the other 20 percent allows for this flexibility and balance.  Nobody should have to feel guilty for going out and indulging with friends because they think that they’re going to get judged for what they’re eating or develop anxiety because they’re “cheating” on their diet (current pet peeve).

It’s become very common since I became a nutritionist that people feel the need to justify their eating habits to me whenever I’m around them…. I don’t care.  I don’t mean that in a harsh or rude way I just mean that what you do with your body and what YOU choose to nourish yourself with…is none of my business. I don’t live in your body everyday so as far as I’m concerned I really have no say in the matter.  If you approach me and would like my assistance to show you how you can make your diet/lifestyle more balanced and incorporate my holistic perspective into your life, I’m more than happy to share my opinion with you then… but other then that… do what you want! I’m not here to judge I’m here to help.

“Healthy” is a wishy washy term that has (in my opinion) been dragged through the wringer to the point that it has a very vague meaning at this point and it will have a different one for every single person!

To me, healthy is happiness and balance and inner peace. What does it mean to you?

Food for thought 🙂

Happy Wednesday Friends!!

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Find The Time!

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Hi friends!

Hope everyone in Canada Land had a SPLENDID thanksgiving and you all ate your faces off to the point of food coma… that’s the point of Thanksgiving right? …. if not i’m totally doing it wrong.

I recently had a conversation with a friend about what I do as a holistic nutritionist and while we were having the discussion it came about that most people don’t believe they have time to eat healthy/don’t consider it a priority and more of a nuisance than anything. Whaaaat?! I say.

Then I thought about it more and realized that eating unhealthy and becoming a victim to the “convenience cycle” is SO so common.  Convenience has become the only word that matters anymore in terms of food.. “oh it sounds good but it probably takes way too long to make and there’s no way I have time to do that”.  It doesn’t help that now there are commercials that actually promote the concept that cooking for your family is a hassle and it’s way easier to just order take-out online or cook something out of a box, surely loaded with sodium and preservatives that are easily avoided by taking 5 extra minutes.  Don’t get me wrong I totally understand the fact that people are busy.

For example: A day in the life of Hollie: I work my regular 2 jobs 40-45 hours each week, while on top of that doing all the nutrition planning for both my family and clients. (I get that sometimes you’re stretched thin.)

I’ve learned over the course of time that it’s crucial to maximize the time you DO have as opposed to using that time to talk about how you have no time.  (we’ve all done it let’s be honest)

It’s all about routine and schedule and planning.  I understand this doesn’t happen overnight it takes time to develop these things… but make small changes towards it! Set  your alarm 20 minutes earlier or limit yourself to 6 snooze button smacks instead of 8.  The most dramatic changes come from small, permanent ones as opposed to outlandish ones that you’ll never stick with for longer than a few days.  Spend those few extra minutes you have in the morning to prep dinner for the evening, pack a lunch… whatever you need to do to make your day a little bit easier! Even just a few minutes to sit and drink a cup of tea and breathe for a second to yourself…may make the hugest difference towards alleviating the pressure of a busy day.

Holding yourself accountable to your goals is key too! Have a friend that you text in the morning to confirm you’re awake (the fear of disappointing/letting other people down is a very powerful motivator – more powerful (i found) than the “I really should have gotten up this morning and gotten things done… now I actually have no time and actually have nothing done..” thought process that is pretty well inevitable the more times you hit the snooze button) (COMMENCE STRESS CYCLE)

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We could all use a little….a.k.a a LOT less stress. So take a few for yourself and chill out, you have time for it, cooking isn’t inconvenient it’s investing time into your body where you live 100% OF THE TIME, it’s worth it.

time will passHappy Tuesday!!

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COMEBACK KID!

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Oh hey neglected followers (if you’re still out there)…. Feel like I have some exceptionally great amount of explaining to do as to why I have been M.I.A. for oh so long.

So here’s the thing, around the time that I decided to drop of the face of the earth (figuratively not literally for all those with a giant imagination) … (also side note in case you weren’t aware it is actually physically impossible to fall off the earth, making this a very stupid phrase) ANYWAYS, around that time I was going into all the final stuff so that I could actually OFFICIALLY be a Holistic Nutritionist, with this came 14 painfully long case studies, a board exam, an oral exam and in between that working and sometimes sleeping, mostly not.  At that point I felt mostly like this:

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This basically resulted in me making the conclusion that I would not in any way be giving logical, well rounded advice related to nutrition in any way.  I also at that point decided I needed a little more direction in terms of this WILDLY successful blog and how I wanted to proceed, because not sure about the people who actually did follow but it was getting a little repetitive… (MEAL PREP MONDAY… over and over and over and over…) Don’t get me wrong I love me some meal prep monday… it’s literally the best organizational tool I’ve ever actually used faithfully long-term… but I wanted to provide more than JUST that.

So, I’ve decided that I’m just going to document… what I want, when I want.  I’ll throw in some meal prep mondays of course because they’re super popular on the old pinterest machine.

My focuses are going to be, as usual how to incorporate being gluten free into your life, some ridonculously delicious recipes and just more of what I eat on a regular basis, tips, how to eat properly on a budget and just some random cool information I think everyone would benefit from!… and hey maybe just a little more about my actual real life?

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Happy Tuesday Friends, hope you stick around for this guaranteed weird adventure.

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